[Video] Office Hours on the Balcony Part 2

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Picking up right where we left off yesterday, we continue down through the not-so-highly-upvoted questions from https://pollgab.com/room/brento. Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Introductions 00:22 Andrew from Canada: To Null or not to Null? That is the question. On tables with 100M to 1B rows and with several columns that contain data 20% of the time, should…
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[Video] Office Hours on the Balcony Part 1

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I hang out on my balcony in San Diego with a gin & tonic and a bunch of your highly upvoted questions from https://pollgab.com/room/brento. Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Introductions 01:33 FishCakesForTea: I have designed a filtered index for a specific query but SQL Server doesn’t use it unless I move the columns in the…
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[Video] Office Hours Manhattan Edition: Ask Me Anything About SQL Server

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I sat down on the edge of Brooklyn, overlooking the Manhattan skyline, to take your highest-voted questions from https://pollgab.com/room/brento. Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Introductions 00:42 Dylan: Do you have any experience with sys.dm_db_tuning_recommendations? To be clear, I am not referring to Azure SQL or Automatic Index Tuning, but rather Query Store Forcing/Unforcing plans automatically.…
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[Video] Office Hours Speed Round: Quick Answers

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Think fast! Not all of the questions at https://pollgab.com/room/brento have long-winded answers. In this 5-minute session, I crank through a bunch of straightforward questions: 00:00 Introductions 00:32 Mike: Hi Brent, the delete job is blocking for around 20 minutes our update or inserts calls from api which is expected to be completed with few seconds.…
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[Video] Office Hours in Malibu: Ask Me Anything About SQL Server

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I’m up bright and early in Malibu, so let’s talk through your highly upvoted questions from https://pollgab.com/room/brento. 00:00 Introduction 01:04 JD: Have you ever encountered a very weird case during query / performance tuning that you just couldn’t get the query across the finish line, specifically just because SQL Server didn’t want to behave nicely?…
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[Video] Office Hours: Ask Me Anything About SQL Server

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It’s time for the first live Office Hours in my new home studio in San Diego! I took your highest-upvoted questions from https://pollgab.com/room/brento/ and answered ’em: Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Welcome 01:30 Accidental DBA: Hi Brent, do you have a recommended checklist for trubleshooting occasional slow INSERT performance? 03:19 Mark: How do companies deal…
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Behind-the-Scenes Home Studio Tour

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Whenever I move to a new place and set up a new home studio, I give you a walkthrough so you can get a rough idea of how I work. I just finished setting up my new San Diego home base, and here’s a tour of what it looks like both as an attendee, and…
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[Video] Office Hours: Ask Me Anything On the Balcony

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Good evening, party people! I finally have my new San Diego home base all set up and unpacked, so I took a champagne break to review your top-rated questions from https://pollgab.com/room/brento. Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Introductions 00:27 Alex: Hi Brent. For a few hours we got a “Could not continue scan with NOLOCK due…
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[Video] Office Hours in My New San Diego Apartment

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Just got the keys to the new home base in San Diego, and the furniture isn’t even in yet. I went through your top-voted questions from https://pollgab.com/room/brento before my smoke alarm battery started chirping: Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Introductions 01:10 Yoni – We have 60-100GB DBs on SQL server on windows (VM). Will it…
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[Video]: Office Hours at Diamond Beach

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I took a break from playing with glacier leftovers at Diamond Beach to answer the questions you upvoted at https://pollgab.com/room/brento/. 00:00 Introductions 1:21 Null Pointer: When we move to Azure SQL DB, should we worry about having all our data and backups in one place? 03:27 Josh: We’re using indexed views, and we have to…
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[Video] Office Hours at the Seltjarnarnes Lighthouse

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You posted and upvoted SQL Server questions at https://pollgab.com/room/brento, and I went out for a walk on the Seltjarnarnes peninsula to the lighthouse to answer ’em. Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Introductions 00:58 Gio: Any known gotchas from using Windows Update to apply CUs to SQL 02:17 AlwaysLearningDBA: Hello Brent. A friend of mine wanted…
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[Video] Office Hours: Ask Me Anything in the Reykjavik Harbor

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You posted and upvoted questions at https://pollgab.com/room/brento to pick what you’d like to see covered in a Q&A session: Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Introductions 00:26 Mehdi: Hi Brent! What is the first step when SQL Server is overloaded? But we can still connect to SQL Server by SSMS. 02:36 Allan: Do you think learning SSIS…
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